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WAGI Conducts a Training on Knowing Rape Culture, Sexual Violence & Safe Online Education with the Basic Education Unit of Miriam College

WAGI Conducts a Training on Knowing Rape Culture, Sexual Violence & Safe Online Education with the Basic Education Unit of Miriam College

In keeping with WAGI’s goal for a gender-fair society, the webinar #WeDoBetter: Knowing Rape Culture, Sexual Violence & Safe Online Education was held last July 22, 2021.

This webinar conducted by WAGI, in partnership with the Basic Education Unit (BEU), tackles the prevalent issue of sexual and physical violence in the Philippines, as well as online sexual abuse. Ms. Danica Gonzalez, Program Coordinator of WAGI, explained that rape culture is a general term for any culture that normalizes rape, sexual violation, and other sexist, homophobic, misogynistic, or transphobic beliefs. Other behaviours endemic to rape culture include objectification, victim-blaming, Him-pathy, and heteronormativity among others. Despite the prevalence of these beliefs, we have the power to change rape culture by promoting societal norms that discourage and protect against sexual violation and other forms of violence, provide opportunities to empower women and girls, protective environments and opportunities for women and girls are a must, in line with the laws in our government to protect women, and support people who have experienced sexual violation.

The plenary session encouraged participants to visualize how to practice safe and gender-responsive online education. After the plenary, the Principles of Care were introduced as a way to show support for those who are in need. “Care is an important aspect of creating online safe spaces and helps people feel welcomed and empowered to participate In a community” said Ms. Danica. 

At the end of the session, she emphasized that “A gender responsive education recognizes behaviors and attitudes endemic to rape culture and addresses them early on.” The goal for a gender-fair society and the upholding of basic human rights starts in the hands of our respective institutions. 

Written by: Charlene Sarmiento

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